Cayenne Civil War Relics
Rolland Golden Civil War Ltd Edition Signed Lithographs
CIVIL WAR RELICS
Buckles & Plates
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Mandeville, La 70448
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|It is with deep sadness that we report today, October 7, 2017, the death of our dear friend William A. “Billy” Spedale. Billy was 84 years old and died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Billy was a lifelong relic hunter and historian and will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Billy.
Cayenne Civil War Relics proudly presents
for sale the lifetime collection of legendary Louisiana Relic Hunter and
Historian, William A. “Billy” Spedale, shown below after digging
one of his best finds, the extremely rare Louisiana Pelican and Rays buckle.
spent most of his relic hunting career on the Port Hudson, Louisiana battlefield,
the longest siege in Civil History History. He began as a young boy, first
eyeballing relics and then graduating to a BFO metal
detector he and a hunting buddy pooled their money to buy. Billy says
, “ I would hunt one hour and he would dig and then we would switch
off.” As the years passed his knowledge of the siege grew with studied
research and he was able to plot the camps and positions of every U.S.
and C.S. unit. His knowledge led to the publication of several books on
Civil War engagements in Louisiana. Two of his books are offered here.
Billy has appeared on TV, in newspaper articles, published articles in
NSTCW and was very active for years in the Baton Rouge Civil War Roundtable.
Billy was also kind enough to write a series of articles for our metal
detecting club and they are available for reading on this site. Billy
was a pioneer in the golden age of relic hunting, digging relics we can
only dream about today and many of his treasures are listed here.
MUSINGS AND RECOLLECTIONS
OF AN OLD RELIC HUNTER by Billy Spedale
Image: Billy Spedale w/ Pelican Rays Buckle